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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 12, 2009 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-06-73-Any thoughts on this show??

funny, i posted pretty much this same thing over in another forum yesterday. i think it's underrated definitely, but everyone's got an opinion. but there's no question the China -> Rider and HCS are top five ever. Greatest Story, Row Jimmy and Sugar Mag are all outstanding as well. That should be enough to solidify its place in history.

i guess some people find the dark star boring. i think it's one of the most mind-blowing ever. i don't know if it's the best, but it's certainly one of the most unique in dead history. it's notable not just for its length (third longest ever), but also it's form, turning the traditional dark star format on its head. feels to me like the boys are channeling Miles Davis a al Bitches Brew -- challenging, but absolutely worth it. i've never heard keith or phil sound so good. keith sounds like herbie hancock. phil is downright scary.